Follow House Of HaHa’s Geek Week In History
in remembering the 39th anniversary of the passing of the first Time Lord
to take us for a ride in his big blue box. TV’s first DOCTOR WHO
, William Hartnell
Hartnell was offered the title role by Verity Lambert
, a producer who was setting up a new science-fiction television series for the BBC called… yup you guessed it, Doctor Who
Although Hartnell was initially uncertain about accepting a part in what was pitched to him as a children’s series, in part due to his success in films. Lambert & director Waris Hussein convinced him to take the part and it became the character for which he gained his highest profile and is now most remembered.
Hartnell later revealed that he took the role because it led him away from the gruff, military parts in which he had become typecast, and having two grandchildren of his own, he came to relish particularly the attention and affection that playing the character brought him from children.
In early 1975 he suffered a series of strokes brought on by cerebrovascular disease and died in his sleep of heart failure on 23 April 1975, at the age of 67.
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(Source: GeekWeekInHistory.com )